Hippo Web CMS 7.5 Sneak Peek: New Translation Capabilities, Template Composer

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Heard all that talk about how important globalization and multilingual content management is? Well, the open source Web CMS makers Hippo (news, site) certainly have, as they include new translation features in the soon to come v7.5 release of Hippo CMS. Here’s the scoop.

Hippo Goes Multilingual

As Hippo CTO Arje Cahn told us, one of the new featuresis a Translation Engine. Admittedly still in its infancy, it’s less anengine and more a first baby step to doing translation management in theHippo CMS.

Translation capabilities is one of the steps Hippo istaking on its route to achieving their multilingual/multichannelstrategy, where content can be delivered from a central repository todifferent channels (web, mobile, etc.) in multiple languages.

Inversion 7.5 of the Web CMS, structure, content and URLs can betranslated into different languages. There’s enough flexibility to notnecessarily to translate all available content all the time, but only aspecific content item, or a subsite of the central website.

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Hippo CMS translations view

Themanually created translated versions can be navigated in the repository.Some of the next steps, Cahn told us, include integration with machinetranslation services like Google Translate.

In the future, apossibility of human translations, translation memories and associatedworkflows via services like Clay Tablet (used by some of the Web CMSplayers in the field) could benefit the overall product.

Allsource and target language versions are currently stored at the samelevel without any parent-child relationships. The only inheritableelement is metadata.

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Cahn says that was done to make it easier tore-use content. While there’s no inheritance in place, US Englisheditors can still be notified of French changes, for example, viaworkflow.

In the plans is to do a side-by-side view of source to target language.

Hippo Goes Multichannel

Thenext big thing for Hippo is to do channel management across web, mobileand other channels creation and management. Version 7.6 will focuslargely on that with a potential of can creating a brand new channelfrom the CMS.

In the 7.5 iteration of the product, there is a newTemplates Composer functionality that can be used for A/B testing, pagelayout change and adding new components to a template.

It’s not quiteinline editing, but more of a template composition re-arranger whereusers can control the layout of predetermined areas and move thingsaround, or add new content using the new floating toolbox on top of apreview site.

The release is currently expected to hit the streets at the end of December 2010.